The Kansas City region's largest winter storm in the last two years has tracked its way up from the desert southwest.
This storm system is brimming with moisture and packs enough content to keep highway crews and people shoveling sidewalks busy for much of the day.
At the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, meteorologist Julie Leflan estimates up to 12 inches of snow on the northwest side of the metro, as much as 9 in the southeast suburbs. She says it’s good enough for recent record books.
"When we're talking 9 to 12 inches, that's definitely more than the last few years. It's pretty comparable to what we saw on February 1st of 2011. Even though the Kansas City airport only measured around 9 inches, we had 11 to 12 on the southeast side of the metro," says Leflan.
Leflan expects the storm to lift and move out of the region by late Thursday.